New York based artist Jim McKenzie, who is also an accomplished animation director has been working on his upcoming debut solo show entitled “Lost Magic”.
McKenzie’s exhibit invites viewers to enter into his surreal imagination: new paintings and hand-painted resin sculptures of playful characters that recall our favorite childhood fairy tales with a twist. Though highly fantastical, to the point of being ridiculous, Jim’s work is filled with darkness, depicting themes of loss and death.
Take a look at the violent, mesmerizing, and brutally honest work of artist Cleon Peterson with demon-like characters attacking people, or in other paintings similar actions are being carried out by uniformed figures. What is perhaps most disturbing is the realization that we are drawn to such darkness; titillating news headlines, and bloody movies.
Or song that make British people who write for the Guardian cry. We agree, Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor” is at the top of anyone’s list. Still a genuine track over a decade later. Neil Young’s “After the Gold Rush”? Oh, good pick. “I See Darkness” from Bonnie Prince Billy? Such a good call. This is a fun list. Crying. Good day.
What makes us cry? “Everybody’s Changing” by Keane. “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers.
We are going to be honest here, we are a little excited about the new Strokes release. We were into the band, not like SUPER into the band, but we liked the first 2 Strokes LPs, found the 3rd one to be laboring, but we think #4 is going to be good. “Under Cover of Darkness” is the new single, and NY Magazine says its good. Which is great, but we haven’t heard it yet. And we can’t find it on the web, But people are saying this is good.
So the point of this post is hopefully someone will send us a link of where to download the song.
OHWOW is that “hip spot” where the artists go to shine, and for a Halloween treat that seems to be a tradition, Neck Face opens “Into Darkness” at the OHWOW space at 101 S. La Brea in Los Angeles. We like the general message for the show: “Lock your windows and close your doors. He’s on the loose and there’s no telling what surprises he’ll have in store this Halloween.”
NECK FACE Into Darkness
October 31 – November 20, 2010
101 S. La Brea / Los Angeles / CA 90036